January 7, 2021

Buckeyes, Badgers Set for Matchup in Madison


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fresh off a two-game weekend series sweep to open the 2021 portion of its schedule, the fourth-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team hits the road this weekend for a pair of games at No. 1 Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday.

The Basics
Game One: No. 4 Ohio State at No. 1 Wisconsin // Friday, Jan. 8 // 3 p.m. ET // Madison, Wisc.
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Game Two: No. 4 Ohio State at No. 1 Wisconsin // Saturday, Jan. 9 // 1 p.m. ET // Madison, Wisc.
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Buckeyes in a Nutshell

  • Ohio State is 4-2 on the year and ranked No. 4 in this week’s USCHO rankings. The Buckeyes also have the nation’s fourth-highest RPI ranking.
  • After an 11-goal outing last weekend, the Buckeyes rank 13th nationally in scoring (16 goals, 2.67 goals/game).
  • Freshman Jenna Buglioni leads the team in scoring with seven points on four goals and three assists. She ranks 18th nationally in scoring and tied for third in the WCHA.
  • Ten players have at least two points so far for the Buckeyes. After Buglioni, Jennifer Gardiner’s three goals and three assists gives her six points while Tatum Skaggs has five (three goals, two assists).
  • Ohio State is outshooting its opponents 249-128 on the season.
  • In goal, Andrea Braendli has started five of six games with a 2.23 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and 101 total stops.
  • The Buckeyes are one of six team nationally who have yet to give up a goal on a power play. They are 10 for 10 so far this season on the penalty kill.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: A Series History

  • The Buckeyes and Badgers split a two-game series Nov. 27-28 in Columbus with Ohio State winning the first game, 3-2, before falling 5-0 in the finale.
  • Ohio State was 1-2 against Wisconsin during the 2019-20 season with the one victory coming in the WCHA Final Faceoff title game.
  • In 2018-19, Ohio State went 1-1-2 against the Badgers, including a 1-0 win at the OSU Ice Rink on Jan. 11.
  • In 2017-18, the Buckeyes swept both games from Wisconsin in Columbus, winning 1-0 and 3-1 against the No. 1-ranked Badgers.

WCHA Players of the Week

  • Ohio State had two WCHA players of the week on Jan. 5: Jenna Buglioni was the Forward of the Week while Riley Brengman was named the Rookie of the Week.
  • Buglioni led all freshmen nationally in scoring last weekend with six points. She had a four-point effort in Friday’s win (2G, 2A) and then had two more points (1G, 1A) on Saturday.
  • Brengman, a defenseman, had a goal and an assist – her first collegiate points – while finishing with a +/- of +5 on the weekend.

Statistically Speaking

  • Buglioni is tied for second nationally and first in the WCHA in points per game among freshmen (1.17).
  • A total of 12 players had at least one point last weekend.
  • In two wins, Ohio State outshot Bemidji State 114-30. Its 68 shots on Saturday were the most in a single game in program history. It also set a record for shots in a period (27 in the first).
  • Goalie Andrea Braendli made her 1,600th career save in Friday’s 4-1 win over Bemidji State.
  • Emma Maltais is four assists shy of 100 for her career. She currently has 50 goals and 96 assists in her 116-game career.
  • Four players on Ohio State’s roster have played in 100 or more games: Tatum Skaggs and Liz Schepers lead with 118 games, followed by Lisa Bruno (117) and Maltais (116).
  • Nine of Ohio State’s 16 total goals this season have been scored in the first period.

Academic Success

  • In a semester that looked unlike any other, the Ohio State women’s hockey team once again excelled in the classroom this past fall.
  • The Buckeyes finished the semester with a 3.783 team cumulative grade-point average.
  • Twenty players had over a 3.0 grade-point average and seven – one-third of the entire roster – had a perfect 4.0.

No Fans at Home Games

  • In November, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics determined that family members of the players and coaching staffs of teams competing this fall will no longer be permitted into any university sporting event.
  • The decision by the department to not allow any fans aligns with the Columbus Department of Health’s stay at home advisory, which was issued Wednesday. The advisory started at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and will remain in place through at least early January.